Bogus council tax calls warning

RESIDENTS in Stirling are being urged not to fall for the latest scam - a bogus phone call from someone demanding payments towards their outstanding council tax bills.

This follows on from warnings from Stirling Council last December about fraudsters who claimed to be phoning from the council to offer people council tax rebates or reductions to their council tax bills.

The current callers ask the resident for bank or credit card details to process the payment.

While Stirling Council does contact individuals who have fallen behind with payments they would never demand bank details. If you receive a call of this nature you should end it immediately and not to give out any personal banking or other information. Then contact Stirling Council on 01786 443322 or Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000.

Stirling Council Trading Standards Service is asking residents to warn their neighbours, family and friends not to give their bank details over the phone.

For financial advice contact Stirling Council’s advice services by calling 01786 442460, or email moneyadvice@stirling.gov.uk

For more information about this scam contact Stirling and Clackmannanshire Joint Trading Standards Service on 01786 443322, visit their new office at New Viewforth, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling, FK8 2ET or email at tradingstandards@stirling.gov.uk